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Investigation into the sale of government land at Gillman
Under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act), investigations by my office are ordinarily conducted in private. However, section 25 of the ICAC Act provides that I may make a public statement in connection with a particular matter, if in my opinion, it is appropriate to do so in the public interest.
I believe that it is proper for me to make such a statement in relation to a current matter before my office.
For some time now there has been speculation regarding whether or not my office is examining the sale of government land at Gillman. I confirm that this matter is under investigation by my office.
I have been closely following the evidence given before the Legislative Council Select Committee in its continuing inquiry, the ‘Sale of State Government Land at Gillman’, and the judicial review proceedings before Justice Blue. I have requested that the Auditor General provide me with a copy of his report into the matter, but it may not be made available until after it has been formally tabled in Parliament.
I am investigating the matter to determine if there is any evidence of maladministration. This is not a corruption investigation. However, should I find any evidence to suggest that there has been conduct that falls within the ICAC Act’s definition of corruption, then I will pursue it.
At the conclusion of this investigation I will make a statement on my findings. I will proceed as quickly as possible to conclude the investigation. Until that time I do not intend to discuss any particulars related to the investigation, nor do I intend to make any further public statements during the course of the investigation.
PUBLIC STATEMENT BY THE HON. BRUCE LANDER QC INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION
The publication of this information has been authorised by the Commissioner under section 56 of the ICAC Act.